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The Trump Administration: The Business Impact

by Thomas Fox on

If we do not speak up, there may not be an opportunity later. ...more

USCIS Completes Data Entry for Petitions Selected in H-1B Lottery; Will Start Returning Unselected Petitions

On May 3, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the data entry process for all H-1B cap petitions selected in the FY 2018 H-1B cap lottery had been completed. USCIS will begin...more

Department of State Releases June 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Significant retrogression for EB-1 India and China. The US Department of State has released its June 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow...more

Extended Again: No Policy Changes for EB-5, For Now

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has received yet another extension, this time through September 30, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on multiple occasions since its previously...more

U.S. State Department Proposes Stricter Visa Scrutiny

by Baker Donelson on

The U.S. Department of State has proposed additional questioning of visa applicants believed to warrant extra scrutiny potentially resulting in interview appointment backlogs and delays in visa issuance. The additional...more

DHS Opens Office For Crime Victims Of Alleged Illegal Immigrants

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Secretary John Kelly of the DHS has announced the establishment of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE). The Office will enable victims or witnesses of crime allegedly perpetrated by illegal aliens...more

Buy American, Hire American" And The H-1B Fallout

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order, "Buy American, Hire American." With the stated goals of promoting economic and national security, strengthening the middle class and protecting the economic...more

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On May 3, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it has completed the data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the random lottery process...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2017

Ruth Featherstone alleged that her former employer (SCPMG) discriminated against her based on a "temporary disability" that was caused by an adverse drug reaction, which resulted in an "altered mental state." During this...more

KL Snapshot #13 – Mars-Avril 2017

Jean-Pierre Mattout - La révocation du président pour différend stratégique avec l’actionnaire majoritaire, in Revue des sociétés avril 2017 - Gilles Kolifrath, Jérôme Blanchet, Mélanie Goupy & Galina Petrova -...more

Two-year visa for young Europeans?

by Dentons on

Given that, in the UK, more than half a million EU nationals work in the retail, hotel and restaurant trades (accounting for 14 per cent of the workforce), there is real concern as to whether post-Brexit there will be an...more

Trump Executive Order Calls for Reforms to H-1B Visa Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

In a recent executive order, US President Donald Trump ordered his cabinet secretaries to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program to help ensure that “H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition...more

Data Entry of FY 2018 H-1B Petitions Complete

by Morgan Lewis on

Some Vermont cases will be transferred to California. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3 that all data entry for FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been completed....more

Department of Homeland Security Launches Immigration Victims Office

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE). This office acknowledges and serves the needs...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

State Department Proposes Supplemental Questions For Visa Applicants

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

To evaluate terrorism or national security-related ineligibilities of visa applicants, the Department of State has requested emergency review and public comment on a new rule on the collection of additional information from...more

April 2017: The 13 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. April 2017 was another month...more

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Completes Data Entry of H-1B “Cap” Petitions

On May 3, 2017, USCIS announced that it has completed data entry of all H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the FY2018 lottery. We continue to receive receipt notices for selected petitions. USCIS will now begin returning...more

100-Day Recap: Workplace Law Under President Trump, So Far

by Fisher Phillips on

New presidents are often judged based on their accomplishments in their first 100 days in office. President Trump is no exception to that rule. The Trump administration recently passed that milestone date, offering an...more

The Employment Verification Circus Continues

by Alston & Bird on

A circus act featuring a performer displaying her balancing ability is akin to the employment verification process where an employer must attempt to cope with several often-conflicting factors and activities. In this delicate...more

Spending Bill Would Fund Government E-Verify, Certain Visa Programs through End of Fiscal Year

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Back in December, President Barack Obama signed a stop-gap spending bill to keep the government running through April 28, 2017.  Immigration programs that were extended at that time included the Conrad 30 Waiver, the...more

USCIS Announces Targeted Use of Site Visits to Certain H-1B Employers to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in April multiple measures to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program is meant to help U.S. companies recruit highly skilled foreign...more

Trump Administration Restricts Privacy Rights for Non-U.S. Citizens

In another example of increased restriction on the rights of non-U.S. Citizens, on Thursday, April 27, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a policy memorandum limiting the privacy rights of immigrants and...more

Government Funding Bill Released; EB-5 Program Intact Through September

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As reported by Ballard Spahr in previous Alerts, many members of Congress have proposed and considered several reform measures to the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, known as "EB-5," over the past several years....more

Hot List - What's Happening in the California Legislature 5/1-5/5

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

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